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With over 80% of people experiencing stress and work, I’m guessing you have felt some stress at work too.

In fact, this time of year seems to be very busy and often stressful for Chief Audit Executives.

Finding a way to balance work responsibilities with home life and personal needs is increasingly more difficult in this fast paced world. You have demands and expectations at work and in your home life.

If you are like most people, you are challenged to do both well, and often feel like you are letting yourself and others down.

In this week’s video I will share with you a couple of simple techniques you can use during the day when you start to feel the stress levels rise up that can lead to anxiety.

This is one way we can better manage ourselves as executives.

I’m also doing a FREE webinar in February on this topic with Dr. Kathy Gruver, where we explore ways to decrease stress at the office while making healthier choice at home to increase your productivity and health.

I thought you’d appreciate knowing about this.

Feel free to share it with your staff and encourage them to attend.

Work / Life Balance: Increasing Your Productivity and Health in a Stressful Workplace
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 · 9:00 AM PST
CPE = 1.0
Price = FREE

Dr. Kathy Gruver is an internationally recognized speaker and motivational powerhouse. She will provide you with actionable tools, and leave you empowered to change your life. Gruver has written 7 books, which have earned 12 awards, and has presented on 4 continents, 3 cruise ships, and a handful of islands.

Have a great rest of your week, and remember to breathe.

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Jason Mefford: Welcome to another episode of The chief audit executive briefing, hey, this episode is scheduled to come out.

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Jason Mefford: Actually on Super Bowl Sunday. So if you are a fan of American football. I hope you that you are enjoying or have enjoyed watching

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Jason Mefford: The Super Bowl. I know that I’ll be doing that with my friends and family. We’re having a little party over at our house now today though what I, what I really wanted to talk about is

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Jason Mefford: Stress. Okay. And here’s the reason over 80% of people actually feel stress at work or in the workplace.

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Jason Mefford: And I’m guessing that you’re like most people, I mean I fall into that too, right where sometimes we feel some stress and I hear this, especially from chief audit executives at this time of year.

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Jason Mefford: Because it tends to be a really busy time. A lot of you are going through your year end audit. If you’re involved in socks testing or some of the

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Jason Mefford: You know testing around that and remediation that ends up taking up a lot of our time and sometimes can feel kind of stressful, we end up working more hours and other things like that.

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Jason Mefford: So the reason that I want to talk to you about this. I’m actually doing a free webinar this next month with my friend Dr. Kathy gruver

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Jason Mefford: Where we’re going to be talking about balancing work life and how to actually manage stress.

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Jason Mefford: In the workplace and in your life. So I wanted to make sure that you were aware of that and so that you could participate if you would like to

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Jason Mefford: But also to share with your staff. So there’s information down below about that. But in this week’s video, I want to share with you. Actually, a couple of techniques.

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Jason Mefford: That you can actually use in case you are feeling some of the stress. Now, these are some simple things that you can actually do

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Jason Mefford: Now, you might be saying, Jason. Why are you talking about this. Well, again, there’s review. Remember, there’s three things that we have to do.

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Jason Mefford: In order to really be or have that executive presence. One of those is managing our self or dealing with our self.

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Jason Mefford: So, how we deal with stress how we deal with emotions is something that we need to learn how to deal with.

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Jason Mefford: Also, you know, as the leader in your group, the less stress, you have or the less stress you show the less stress, the rest of your team experiences as well.

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Jason Mefford: And stress usually leads to some significant reductions in productivity and it also leads to health issues. So actually taking a little bit of time to try to reduce stress goes a long way in productivity.

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Jason Mefford: So here’s what I want to explain to you and some tips for you to be able to take away now appear in your brain.

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Jason Mefford: We actually have electrical pulses that are going on. And there are things called brain waves. It’s the frequency at which the electricity is going through our brain.

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Jason Mefford: And what happens often is, we feel some sort of stressor, something happens and in the subconscious part of our brain in the amygdala, it starts to go crazy.

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Jason Mefford: Okay, and what it, what it does. At that point, is it starts to increase the frequency of those brain waves.

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Jason Mefford: So if you think about frequency, like, you know, long slow frequency versus very tight high frequencies, you move up to these high frequencies and in your life. You’ve probably felt this at times when all of a sudden you start feeling like

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Jason Mefford: Okay, the brain waves are actually increasing and you’re moving into beta brain activity at that point that is usually again the feelings that we get when we start to feel stress.

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Jason Mefford: It makes it difficult for us to think. But here’s a, here’s a tip for you.

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Jason Mefford: When you start to feel that there is a way for you to practice slowing down your brainwaves so that you don’t feel that anxiety or stress.

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Jason Mefford: And it’s really simple. You do it all the time. But you don’t even realize it. It’s breathing.

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Jason Mefford: So at times when we start to feel stressed, we actually our breath becomes more shallow and it’s hard for us to get oxygen into our body.

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Jason Mefford: So here’s how. Here’s how you kind of overcome this is the first thing is just stop if you notice that you’re starting to get stressed and if you’re in a position where you can do this. Just stop. And first off, take a deep breath, just go.

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Jason Mefford: Because most of the day. We actually don’t do that taking a couple of deep breaths will start to help you recalibrate

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Jason Mefford: Now, if you’re still having some stress, close your eyes and just breathe in and out slowly for about a minute. And if you do that, you can actually count your breath as you’re doing it, you know, close your eyes. Breathe in one

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Jason Mefford: And

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Jason Mefford: Two. And now, and when you do that a few times. Like I said, for about a minute. You’ll notice that the brainwaves are starting to come down in their frequency

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Jason Mefford: You feel more relaxed and that will actually help to reduce a lot of the stress that you’re feeling at that particular point.

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Jason Mefford: So I know these are supposed to be short videos. But again, like I said I wanted to give you a practical takeaway that you can actually start using today this week.

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Jason Mefford: And also, you know, if you want a little bit more information on it. Just make sure to click on and join me for that webinar that I’m doing with Dr. Cathy gruver

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Jason Mefford: Where we’re actually going to get into a lot more detail on that and I guarantee, Cathy is a rock star.

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Jason Mefford: She’s written, I think seven different books. She knows what she’s talking about here. And so you’re going to want to want to join that

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Jason Mefford: And feel free to share that with anybody else you know in your team or anybody else that you know because really, we want to help people so that they don’t feel so stressed. So with that. Have a great rest of your week, my friends, and remember to breathe.

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